First the virtual Bundesliga with playing football professionals, now the international match against Spain on the Playstation: e-sports benefit from the absence of football.
Dortmund’s entry into the new world began with a faux pas, BVB professional Achraf Hakimi missed the kick-off. Mainz-based Daniel Brosinski rushed forward on the Playstation when Hakimi was still on his cell phone – the competitive tension apparently was lacking in the home office. All of this could be observed on the weekend when the German Football League (DFL) called 26 clubs from the first and second league for the virtual “Bundesliga Home Challenge”, as a sedative against withdrawal symptoms in the footballless period.
The simulation “Fifa 20” was played, the games were broadcast by the pay-TV broadcaster Sky and the streaming service DAZN, and the news agencies also reported the results in a similar way to how the news from the Bundesliga brings them to the market. Only FC Bayern Munich was missing because the Munich team is associated with the “Fifa 20” competitor Pro Evolution Soccer.
One professional footballer and one gambler per team, that was the line-up, and at the end of the day the headline was: “Eggestein playful upholstery”. The highly favored Bremen embarrassed against second division club Nuremberg because Werder professional Maximilian Eggestein broke in against club player Tim Handwerker and could not maintain the lead of probably the best FIFA player Michael “Megabit” Bittner in the end. Werder loses: The simulation is close to the reality of the Bundesliga.
In fact, the virtual world and the real were strangely knotted last weekend when the real Hakimi meets with the Pixel Hakimi and both cheer (final score: 2: 2). The DFL has brought these two worlds together, it now manages the Bundesliga and the virtual league, which is otherwise often smiled at as a daddel.
E-Sport is now trying to play on the open stage, on Monday the international match against Spain (4: 7) was played as a replacement for the canceled friendly game. It should have been an endurance test for Löw’s eleven before the European Championship.
The line-up of the e-jogi: DFB goalkeeper Bernd Leno, Vanessa Fudalla (U19 international), Nico Schlotterbeck (U21 international) and Mohammed “MoAuba” Harkous from the German national team of the DFB. Among other things, real professional Marco Asensio gambled on Spain’s side. At 8:00 p.m., the game was interrupted for five minutes because grooms, doctors and vendors in the supermarket are applauded every day in Spain. Football, real or virtual, is not the most important thing these days.